Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Photo:  FFT director Jack Johnston (right) and Sir Max Bingham QC are the members of the T-League subcommittee [PlessPix]

The T-League subcommittee formed by Football Federation Tasmania has commenced its meetings with clubs who have applied for T-League membership.

The subcommittee will discuss each club’s written application with the respective club officials.


The two subcommittee members are FFT director Jack Johnston and former Tasmanian attorney-general, police minister and deputy premier Sir Max Bingham.

Clubs will be able to talk through their written applications and clarify issues and provide greater detail.

Depending on the success of the hunt for a major sponsor, FFT hopes to announce the establishment of the 2013 T-League by 30 June, 2012.

The participating clubs will be named sometime in August.

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Photo:  Michael Edwards will coach the Tasmanian Under-15 Girls' team [PlessPix]

The State Under-14 and Under-15 girls’ squads have been announced.

The two teams will compete at the National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour in July.

The squads have been training on a full-time basis since February as separate northern and southern groups.

The two squads also commenced competing in respective regional competitions to further develop their overall football abilities.

FFT have confirmed the appointment of NTC Female Head Coach, Mike Edwards, as coach of the Under-15 Tasmanian girls’ team.

Darren Cook will coach the Under-14 team.

“To date, we are pleased with the progress that these squads have made in their respective programs,” said FFT Technical Director, Kurt Reynolds.

“The next five to six weeks are critical in the build-up to the NYCs and providing numerous opportunities for the team to train, bond and further develop as a team unit.

“I am confident that the appointed coaches will ensure that we are as well prepared as possible.”

The two squads depart Tasmania on Saturday, 7 July 2012, to attend the six-day National Youth Championships, which serve as the major national talented player identification event on the calendar for female footballers of this age.

Senior Matildas coaching staff, Young Matildas coaches, W-League coaches and officials will be in attendance and will form part of the tournament's technical group.

The Tasmanian Under-14 Girls’ squad is:  Jessica Blair, Georgia Burley, Georgia Crawford, Maggie Cuthbertson, Jazmin Gorrie, Maddison Graham, Danielle Gunton, Margot Johnston, Selin Kaya, Mara Lees, Innocent Fadia Michael, Monika Orlowski, Imogen Rand, Lilli Rand, Sheena Rawlinson, Mali Walton.

The Tasmanian Under-15 Girls’ squad is:  Paige Ayton, Olivia Chatterton, Brittany Donoghue, Marion Dunbabin, Claire Farrell, Ellie Gavalas, Isabella Gee, Zenani Graddon, Rhianna Lulitanond, Lucy MacGregor, Josephine painter, Amelia Pearson, Allie Piesse, Caitlin Stalker, Maddison Sward, Ruby Yeomans.

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Photo:  Ashley Glynn (left) and Craig Murray are Metro's remaining two Irish players [PlessPix]

One of Metro’s three Irishman has left Tasmania and moved to Townsville for work.

Barry Woods, 29, a left-back, was only in Tasmania for a few weeks.

Metro’s two other Irish players, striker Craig Murray, 26, and Ashley Glynn, a 30-year-old midfielder, will see out the season with the League One club.

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Photo:  Amadu Koroma at KGV Park [PlessPix]

Former Glenorchy Knights player Amadu Koroma is back in town for a week.

Koroma was signed from Glenorchy Knights by Melbourne Knights, but a change in coaching staff saw him move to another Victorian club.

Koroma is studying at university in Melbourne and also works as a fitness instructor at a gymnasium.

He is hoping to catch up with his former team-mates at a Premier League game this weekend.

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Dr Ian Syson, a lecturer in literature and writing at the University of Victoria and an avid football fan and historian of the game, arrived in Hobart today for a 5-week stay.

Syson is working on two books and hopes to find a bit of peace and quiet in the State.

But, he will be watching as many games as he can and even hopes to take in a few matches in the north of the State.

Syson hope to do a bit of blogging while he is here and would like to do some live blogs of matches.

Football Federation Tasmania are believed to be interested in having him on board and maybe livening up their website.

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Photo:  Dr Ian Syson in Battery Point [PlessPix]

 


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+1 #86 Anonymous 2012-06-03 09:43
The rumour on the grape vine is that four teams have applied from North. Devonport, Prospect, Rangers and Lton City.

Doesnt mean that 3 will get in however.

Devonport in for sure, others 50/50 at best.
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-1 #85 jerry kruijver 2012-06-03 00:40
Spot on decentric.We are so busy creating pathways that we need a roadmap now to follow them all.Every kid that does not find its way into a club is a potential andy brennan we miss out on.The more people we get on the park to play the better.Their rego payments will help to make us financially independant and strong.Sponsors hip is great to archieve the extras but is too fickle to depend on in the long run.
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+1 #84 Anonymous 2012-06-02 23:17
T League is financial unsustainable, depending on sponsorship funds should give any sound financial manager concern.
Why not focus on working with state associations to have State of Origin matches, we need more spectators to games yet we as on association do little to encourage.
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0 #83 Decentric 2012-06-02 08:17
Quoting jerry kruijver:
#74.It is about time we got rid rid of that horrible term"social".Ever amateur player is a social player.Yes,some are more gifted,have more ability and are more committed,however they still only do it because they want to.No challenges in tassie football?No matter what level of football you play at,be it epl or or div 3 in tassie the challenge is still to win the premiership in the league you play in.They all show the same commitment to the game,i would even go as far to say that players in the lower leagues show more commitment since they often have to play without officials and some player has to sacrifice his game to referee or act as a linesman.
Nobody seems to think that the lower leagues are of any importance to the sport.but if the lower leagues keep on declining like they have this year,you wont have to worry about a new stateleague,but will have to fight for the mere survival of the sport in tassie.






Player enjoyment is paramount to football sustainability in Tasmania.

There is also little effort to assist migrants, regardless of ability, play club football in Tasmania. Many of them are far more passionate about the game than locals.
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0 #82 Anonymous 2012-06-01 07:25
#81 Sometimes it is only by understanding the past that you can create a preferred future. Football in Tasmania has a history which we deny at our peril. I am all for moving the game forward, as it is a travesty to see our junior numbers drop off. I am yet to be convinced however,that the risk analysis has been effectively done for this current proposal. If an analysis has been done, what is the risk management plan to mitigate against identified risks? Clubs need to know this.
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-2 #81 Anonymous 2012-06-01 07:01
Quoting Anonymous:
Southern Teams for t league.

Olympia
Juventus
Croatia
White Eagles
South Hobart

Oh dear living in the past. I suppose you want to use a three panel leather ball as well.Embrace the future mate lots of other clubs about.
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+2 #80 Fergies say 2012-06-01 05:51
The sooner that people realise that football in general is not meant to be run as a money making business, the better.

You will find that Manchester United is, at most times, in the red as they attempt to do what comes naturally, win football matches and ultimately titles.

Arsene WENGER I believe has a degree in economics or similar but struggles to win anything whilst using sound economic principles (ie. buy cheap and sell dear).

Frances' Olympique Lyonnaise is one out of the box as they have, or recently had, a President who was willing to put economic principles ahead of football principles (Michael ESSIEN being a great example of a financial win for OL).

The T league needs to be a larger version of a Clive PALMER whereby a passionate benefactor is prepared to make large quantities of cash available solely for the love of the game and a wish to see it flourish in Tassie.

As cashed up football lovers are rare in Tasmania, we need a consortium. Sounds a lot like Tasmania United or whatever the group trying for a team in the A league are calling themselves.

To achieve great change, we need to change the public mindset and also the footballing fraternities mindset.

If a state league has not been permanently viable in the past, something needs to change. It certainly doesn't need nay sayers but someone to say "Don't say why it won't work, tell me how it will"
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0 #79 Anonymous 2012-06-01 04:56
T-League will deliver an improved player pool?

Based on the scenario that Eagles, Uni and Knights don't make the cut, I'm guessing 8 to 9 players will leave Eagles to play T-League with another club, none from Uni and probably 4 to 5 from Knights.

PLease note some other current players from those clubs might try but won't make the senior team elsewhere.

If I'm right that improves the calibre of the southern-based player pool by only 12 to 14 players which is not as great a difference as some may think.

The only other factors to consider hare are the 5 to 6 players who will leave the NTC next year who will reduce opportunities elsewhere AND a possible 6-12 players currently at the probable 5 particpating clubs who may not bother once travel is involved.

Interesting days ahead
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+2 #78 Anonymous 2012-06-01 03:20
"Tasmanian Football Followers Never Happy"

A. T League will not work because, increased travel, increased costs, it has not worked in the past.........

B. We need to improve the overall standard of football in Tassie including junior football development, create player pathways, and encourage more mainland and overseas players & coaches to join our local league.....

C. Local football needs to change and clubs need to have clear development programs in place (as requested in the T League submissions) to support the change required.

A + B = C
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+2 #77 jerry kruijver 2012-06-01 01:56
#74.It is about time we got rid rid of that horrible term"social".Ev er amateur player is a social player.Yes,some are more gifted,have more ability and are more committed,howev er they still only do it because they want to.No challenges in tassie football?No matter what level of football you play at,be it epl or or div 3 in tassie the challenge is still to win the premiership in the league you play in.They all show the same commitment to the game,i would even go as far to say that players in the lower leagues show more commitment since they often have to play without officials and some player has to sacrifice his game to referee or act as a linesman.
Nobody seems to think that the lower leagues are of any importance to the sport.but if the lower leagues keep on declining like they have this year,you wont have to worry about a new stateleague,but will have to fight for the mere survival of the sport in tassie.
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